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Secret report says Afghan victory "still possible"

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Secret report says Afghan victory "still possible"


NATO’s most senior soldier in Afghanistan says victory against the Taliban is still possible, but needs a new strategy and better cooperation between western forces.

General Stanley McChrystal’s operational review has not been made public, but is believed to say the security situation is serious but still winnable. He has not yet made any request for more troops, but is expected to do so within weeks. Robert Gates, US Defense Secretary: “I think a lot of positive things have been happening in terms of getting more American troops in place. There are more European and partner troops in place now. There are nearly 37,000 partner nation troops in Afghanistan. The elections took place in a country torn by war for 30 years, and the fact that those elections were able to take place I think is an important thing.” President Barack Obama has said Afghanistan is America’s Number One issue. General McChrystal’s report comes as Afghanistan awaits the results of its presidential election, where President Hamid Karzai leads his rival Abdullah Abdullah, but is short of an outright majority. Results so far are mostly from the north. Votes from Karzai’s southern powerbase may get him to the 50 percent mark. Abdullah, though, has already alleged vote-rigging in the south.

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